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December 21, 2012, 4:10 AM

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Kevin Systrom / Instagram:
Updated Terms of Service Based on Your Feedback  —  Earlier this week, we introduced a set of updates to our privacy policy and terms of service to help our users better understand our service.  In the days since, it became clear that we failed to fulfill what I consider …
Will Connors / Wall Street Journal:
RIM Falls 10%, Worries Shift To BlackBerry Service Fees  —  TORONTO—Research In Motion Ltd. swung back to profitability in its fiscal third quarter, but the BlackBerry maker fell short of resolving some of its biggest challenges as it gears up to introduce its new line of smartphones next month.
Ian Austen / New York Times:
A Million Users Desert BlackBerry, and Revenue Falls 48%  —  OTTAWA — Research in Motion said on Thursday that it lost a million BlackBerry owners worldwide during the company's last financial quarter, the first such decline in the device's history.  —  It reported other bad news as well …
More: PhoneArena
Alex Wilhelm / The Next Web:
Nokia:
Nokia and RIM enter into new patent license agreement  —  RIM payments to Nokia settle all legal actions between the companies  —  Espoo, Finland - Nokia has entered into a new patent license agreement with Research In Motion.  The agreement will result in settlement of all existing patent …
Matt Brian / The Next Web:
Nokia and RIM end patent feud, BlackBerry maker to make one-time payment and pay ongoing licensing fees  —  Following its recent loss against Nokia at a recent arbitration tribunal, Canadian smartphone giant RIM has decided to put an end to its outstanding patent fights against the Finnish mobile maker …
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
Facebook Tries Letting You Pay To Guarantee Message Delivery, Changes Messaging Privacy Settings  —  Sometimes you need to message a non-friend, and today Facebook starts testing if it can make a little money and cut spam by asking you to pay to ensure the recipient sees that message.
Peter Kafka / AllThingsD:
Netflix Facebook Sharing Bill Clears Senate, Waiting For Obama's OK  —  Want to tell your Facebook pals what you're watching on Netflix?  Netflix wants to help you do that.  —  And it's now very close to doing that for American users: The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that would give …
John Gruber / Daring Fireball:
A Big Misunderstanding  —  Cliff Edwards's 2001 “Sorry, Steve: Here's Why Apple Stores Won't Work” piece for Businessweek is deservingly notorious in the annals of claim chowder, but there are a few things about it worth keeping in mind even today.  There's more to it than just a few guys …
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Wall Street Journal:
Hulu's Fork in the Road  —  As Amazon.com Inc. and Netflix Inc. battle it out for dominance in online video, owners of the much smaller Hulu LLC, Hollywood's own online video service, are under pressure to decide which direction to go.  —  Jason Kilar, chief executive of Hulu …
More: VentureBeatTweets: @pkafka
Jon Russell / The Next Web:
Instagram for iOS gets new Mayfair filter and returns ability to share photos from any album  —  Instagram may have been under a lot of pressure of late but the Facebook-owned photo service has updated its iOS app with a new filter — Mayfair — and the return of the option to share photos from any album …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft offers patches to WebKit to aid touch compatibility  —  In a move that has raised eyebrows, Microsoft has submitted a patch to the WebKit project to extend the open source rendering engine with a prototype implementation of the Pointer Events specification that the company is also working …
More: Neowin
Sven Grundberg / Wall Street Journal:
Spotify Rival Deezer Eyes U.S.  —  Online music streaming company Deezer stepped up pressure on its peers on Thursday with the launch of a free streaming service in more than 150 countries and said it is looking for a partner to enter the U.S. market.  —  The Paris-based company …
Peter Bright / Ars Technica:
Microsoft killing off Expression suite of Web and design tools  —  Microsoft has quietly announced that its Expression suite of Web and design-oriented tools is being killed off and phased out.  —  Vector graphics drawing tool Expression Design 4 has been end-of-lifed.
More: ZDNet and WinBeta
Frederic Lardinois / TechCrunch:
Adobe Acquires Social Portfolio Platform Behance To Power Its Creative Cloud Community Features  —  Adobe just announced that it has acquired Behance, a New York-based online platform where creative professionals can showcase their portfolios and where businesses can find talent.
Josh Constine / TechCrunch:
SoundTracking 2.0 Rocks Android-Only Features To Bake In YouTube And A Music ID Lock Screen Widget  —  There's some cool things you can only do on Android, and today music moment sharing app SoundTracking starts takes advantage of them.  You can watch YouTube music videos …

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